Bryce Harper embarks upon offseason ‘reppin’ for J.T. Realmuto
Bryce Harper’s ongoing and persistent campaign to convince the Philadelphia Phillies to sign J.T. Realmuto will unsurprisingly continue into the upcoming offseason.
Making his long-stated desire to keep the superstar catcher in the Philly fold abundantly clear, Harper shared an image this week in an Instagram story of himself embarking upon a flight to his native Las Vegas while donning a Realmuto jersey.
Bryce Harper posted this on IG, says he will be repping his— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 6, 2020
JT Realmuto jersey all winter
“It’s a must. It’s expected. In all aspects. The fans and the city of Philadelphia deserve better plain and simple. You guys deserve Broad Street again” pic.twitter.com/250so4Fs9K
“Reppin all winter,” Harper wrote in a caption.
The Phillies and Realmuto were in the midst of contract extension talks in March when the coronavirus pandemic halted spring training, and with it any ongoing league business, including contract negotiations.
Once the moratorium on transactions, signings and negotiations were lifted a few months later, the parties seemingly made little headway in coming to terms on what is expected to be a monster deal.
Realmuto, 30, has played well in his two seasons with the Phillies, slashing at a .273/.333/.492 clip while hitting a career-high 25 home runs in an All-Star campaign in 2019.
Reports surfaced during the pandemic-shortened season that Realmuto’s reps are seeking a contract in the range of $26 million per season, but havoc wreaked upon MLB teams’ financial situations due to the shutdown will undoubtedly complicate negotiations.
It stands to reason the Phillies will make every effort to sign Realmuto, not only to keep a player of his caliber but also to make every effort at keeping Harper happy.
Speaking of Harper, the Phillies slugger also took to social media this week to share a message in which he relays to the team’s fans that he understands they expect more out of him and the squad.
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Philadelphia I applaud all of your support this year!💯 I don’t need to tell you what we need to improve on or how we are going to get better or how I can get better. Blah blah blah. It’s a must. It’s expected. In all aspects. The fans and the City of Philadelphia deserve better plain and simple! You guys deserve Broad Street again. Can’t wait to get back to work and then see you all out at The Bank next year. Philly I’ll ride with you any day! Love y’all! Let’s go!!!🤟🏼😤
Signing Realmuto to an extension, along with its positive impact upon Harper’s mindset, would of course be a great way for the Phillies to get fans pumped for 2021.